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Brook Lopez Has Also Fit Perfectly for Bucks Defense

The theme of the NBA Playoffs over the last few years is that big men can get played off the court by more talented perimeter players and that the best teams end up with traditional guards and wings as their best guys, with traditional centers as supporting pieces. On the surface, the Milwaukee Bucks are…

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Paul Millsap is Quietly Killing the Blazers

The Denver Nuggets are one win away from shutting up some haters. It seems odd on the surface to argue the Nuggets are overachieving right now when they were the West’s second-best team with a 54-28 record. A Western Conference Finals berth should be the natural goal for any two-seed. But the Nuggets are a…

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The Sixers Need More from Ben Simmons

Joel Embiid woke up Sunday morning feeling like death. The Philadelphia 76ers star center texted head coach Brett Brown after a sleepless night and said he was unsure whether he’d be able to suit up for Game 4 in his team’s second-round series against the Toronto Raptors. Although he gutted it out and finished a…

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Pending FA Khris Middleton is Worth Way More Than You Think

We (collectively) have talked a ton about this summer’s free agency class, and for good reason. Not only is this summer’s class filled with studs, their decisions may be swayed heavily by what happens in this round. Kevin Durant could be changing teams. Kawhi Leonard might not be long for Toronto. Kyrie Irving and Jimmy…

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Do OKC Thunder Have a ‘Russell Westbrook Problem?’

The most memorable moment from the Portland Trail Blazers’ series-sealing win came at the buzzer. Damian Lillard concluded his eff-you performance with a step-back triple over the outstretched arms of Paul George. The shot was equal parts impressive, absurd and hilarious. Nobody will forget Lillard waving “goodbye” to the Thunder after the near-40 foot bomb.…

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Kawhi Leonard Reminds Us What Makes Him Great

Normally when an NBA superstar falls from public grace, it’s due to something out of his control. His play slips as he ages, or his body breaks down after thousands of wild forays to the basket. Or a younger player at his position reinvents what we accept as possible and said superstar loses relevancy. (Hello…

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Ignited by Jared Dudley Feud, Ben Simmons Finds New Level

After a Game 1 no-show, Ben Simmons was the best player on the court in Games 2 and 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. With All-Star center Joel Embiid hobbled by ongoing knee tendinitis, Simmons dropped an 18-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound triple-double in Game 2 and erupted for 31 points,…

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OKC Thunder Need ‘Good Russ’ to Show Up

Damian Lillard had a postseason to forget in 2018. With Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo and E’Twaun Moore smothering him, Lillard shot a horrendous 35.2 percent overall as the New Orleans Pelicans swept his Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. He’s avenging himself this year against the Oklahoma City Thunder,…

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Give Gary Harris the Credit

The Denver Nuggets snagged a much needed 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. An 0-2 hole heading into San Antonio wouldn’t technically be a death sentence, but it’d be pretty close for a young team that consistently struggled on the road this season. The story of the night was Jamal Murray’s…

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The Defensive Prowess of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture is a cluster. Four teams separated by a half-game are all competing to avoid the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets in the first round. Scheduling, health and streakiness will play a large role in the final three weeks of the season in determining where teams…

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